The end of my Closed Headphone Journey
Posted by aamefford from The land of Fruits and Nuts... on 2010-10-16
Articulate highs, Resounding bass, lively, musical sound
Relatively poor isolation, cable is a but fussy, Build is nice, but not $1000 nice
These are the finest closed headphones I have heard. The are not an analytical style of headphone. They tend to a warmer presentation, and the bass is quite prominent. They are not a boomy bass monster, none the less, the bass is as present as any closed headphone I have listened to.
Their D5000 sibling tends to boomy, almost flabby bass - the reason I traded up.
The D7000 treble is a bit brighter and more detailed than the D5000, and for me, hits "perfect" right on the head. Sparkle, detail and realism, without being brittle or inducing any sibilance of its own.
The D7000 mids are the weak link in that they are slightly recessed. They are tonally accurate, but not quite as present as I would like. Note that this is a pretty subtle criticism, and not a deal breaker for me.
The bass is sublime, tonally accurate, dynamic, wonderful. There is probably a bit more bass than is technically "accurate."
These are the most comfortable headphone I have worn.
I love them, and highly recommend them as my favorite closed headphone.
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I finally Got One!
Posted by aamefford from The land of Fruits and Nuts... on 2010-09-11
HeadRoom Ultra Desktop Amp
Detail, sound quality, form factor, DAC
Expensive (though a good value), switch layout - low gain in the middle
Wow! Outstanding detail, nice bass control over my Dennon D7000's. Much better control than my DacMagic Dynalo combination.
The Headroom unit is much more detailed and accurate, and much more controlled. I suspect the ESS Sabre 9008 chip in the Headroom unit is superior to the Wolfson chip in the DacMagic.
This is my first experience with crossfeed, and one of the reasons I wanted to try Headroom. I like it! Much less fatiguing, much more realistic. The downside is added warmth in an already warm setup. There is a "Brightness" filter switch that adds a bit of boost in the treble (setting 1) or upper mids and treble (setting 2). I've been experimenting, and setting 2 seems to be the best offset for the warmth added via the crossfeed, but both are just a bit heavy handed.
A stunningly good and versatile setup in a perfect form factor with over the top form, fit and finish, sold by some of the nicest (still, even post "shake-up") guys and gals in headphonedom.
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